In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA astronauts don corporate space suits. European/Russian Mars lander missions hits a parachute snag. Mission teams are to survey four possible landing sites for NASA’s Osiris-Rex sample return mission at the primitive asteroid Bennu.
Human Space Exploration
Astronauts test out their sleek new SpaceX flight suitsSmithsonian magazine (8/12): NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley recently donned new SpaceX space suits at company facilities in Hawthorne, California, as they continue preparations for the Demo-2 mission, the first round trip test flight of the Crew Dragon capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) with astronauts aboard. The look of the garments comes from Hollywood costume designer Jose Fernandez.
Nuclear reactor for Mars outpost could be ready to fly by 2022Space.com (8/12): NASA, perhaps by 2022, is moving closer to developing a small nuclear reactor for use as a spacecraft propulsion source as well as for planetary surface electricity generation for the human exploration of the Moon and Mars. The 2022 estimate follows crucial ground testing in late November 2017 and early 2018 in cooperation with the Department of Energy.
Europe and Russia’s mission to Mars runs into a speed bump after two ...